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A look at Kansas’ history in No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchups

Missouri guard Anthony Peeler and the No. 2 Tigers took down Mark Randall and top-ranked KU on Feb. 13, 1990, at Allen Fieldhouse.
Missouri guard Anthony Peeler and the No. 2 Tigers took down Mark Randall and top-ranked KU on Feb. 13, 1990, at Allen Fieldhouse. AP

Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse will feature the 40th all-time matchup between the No. 1 and No. 2 college basketball teams in the Associated Press poll (Oklahoma is No. 1 and KU No. 2 in the latest coaches’ poll.). It is a gift from the college basketball gods, a rare showdown that, in the last 70 years, has come around less than once per season.

The first ever No. 1 vs. No. 2 tilt came on March 26, 1949, when No. 1 Kentucky handled No. 2 Oklahoma State 46-36 in Seattle. (They needed pace-of-play rules in the late 1940s). The last time No. 1 met No. 2 came two seasons ago at the Champions Classic, when No. 2 Michigan State edged No. 1 Kentucky 78-74 at the United Center.

Kansas, of course, has its own history in No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchups — and it’s not pretty. The Jayhawks are 0-4 in games featuring the two top-ranked teams in the country. Here is a look at those four games:

1. Mar. 23, 1957: No. 1 North Carolina 54, No. 2 Kansas 53, in Kansas City

Wilt Chamberlain had 23 points and was chosen Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four, but North Carolina survived in three overtimes, winning the NCAA title at Municipal Auditorium. The Tar Heels finished 32-0.

2. Mar. 29, 1986: No. 1 Duke 71, No. 2 Kansas 67, in Dallas

The Blue Devils featured Johnny Dawkins, Tommy Amaker, Danny Ferry and Jay Bilas. The Jayhawks were led by sophomore big man Danny Manning and Ronald Kellogg. In a national semifinal at Reunion Arena, Dawkins finished with 24 points, Manning had four points before fouling out, and the Blue Devils advanced to the NCAA title game.

3. Feb. 13, 1990: No. 2 Missouri 77, No. 1 Kansas 71, in Lawrence

In Roy Williams’ second season, the Jayhawks ascended to the top of the polls. But Mizzou came into Allen Fieldhouse, and, behind the play of Anthony Peeler and Doug Smith, scored a rare victory on Kansas’ home floor.

4. Mar. 10, 1990: No. 1 Oklahoma 95, No. 2 Kansas 77, in Kansas City

One month after losing to Missouri, No. 2 Kansas faced No. 1 Oklahoma in the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament. In the words of then-Mizzou coach Norm Stewart, “We keep crashing into one another like a demolition derby.” This time, Oklahoma took down Kansas at Kemper Arena. The Sooners earned a No. 1 seed in the Midwest Regional; Missouri earned a No. 3 in the Southeast Regional; and Kansas earned a No. 2 seed in the East. All three teams were bounced from the NCAA Tournament before the Sweet 16.

No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchups, per AP:

Meetings between the No. 1 and No. 2 college basketball teams (No. 1 is 21-18):

No. 2 Michigan State 78, No. 1 Kentucky 74, at Chicago, Nov. 12, 2013

No. 2 Tennessee 66, No. 1 Memphis 62, at Memphis, Tenn., Feb. 24, 2008

No. 2 Ohio State 49, No. 1 Wisconsin 48, at Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 25, 2007

No. 1 Duke 97, No. 2 Texas 66, at East Rutherford, N.J., Dec. 10, 2005

No. 2 North Carolina 75, No. 1 Illinois 70, NCAA championship at St. Louis, April 4, 2005

No. 1 Duke 68, No. 2 Michigan State 62, NCAA semifinals, at St. Petersburg, Fla., March 27, 1999

No. 2 North Carolina 97, No. 1 Duke 73, at Chapel Hill, N.C., Feb. 5, 1998

No. 2 Kentucky 81, No. 1 UMass 74, NCAA semifinals at East Rutherford, N.J., March 30, 1996

No. 2 North Carolina 89, No. 1 Duke 78, at Chapel Hill, N.C., Feb. 3, 1994

No. 1 UNLV 112, No. 2 Arkansas 105, at Fayetteville, Ark., Feb. 10, 1991

No. 1 Oklahoma 95, No. 2 Kansas 77, Big Eight semifinals at Kansas City, Mo., March 10, 1990

No. 2 Missouri 77, No. 1 Kansas 71, at Lawrence, Feb. 13, 1990

No. 1 Duke 71, No. 2 Kansas 67, NCAA semifinals at Dallas, March 29, 1986

No. 1 North Carolina 78, No. 2 Georgia Tech 77, OT, at Atlanta, Feb. 4, 1986

No. 1 Georgetown 92, No. 2 St. John’s 80, Big East finals at New York, March 9, 1985

No. 2 Georgetown 85, No. 1 St. John’s 69, at New York, Feb. 27, 1985

No. 1 Georgetown 77, No. 2 DePaul 57, at Landover, Md., Dec. 15, 1984

No. 1 Houston 94, No. 2 Louisville 81, NCAA semifinals at Albuquerque, N.M., April 2, 1983

No. 1 North Carolina 65, No. 2 Virginia 60, at Chapel Hill, N.C., Jan. 9, 1982

No. 1 North Carolina 82, No. 2 Kentucky 69, at East Rutherford, N.J., Dec. 26, 1981

No. 1 Indiana 65, No. 2 Marquette 56, NCAA Mideast Regional final at Baton Rouge, La., March 22, 1976

No. 1 Indiana 84, No. 2 UCLA 64, at St. Louis, Nov. 29, 1975

No. 1 UCLA 92, No. 2 Kentucky 85, NCAA championship at San Diego, March 31, 1975

No. 1 N.C. State 80, No. 2 UCLA 77, 2OT, NCAA semifinals at Greensboro, N.C., March 25, 1974

No. 2 UCLA 94, No. 1 Notre Dame 75, at Los Angeles, Jan. 26, 1974

No. 2 Notre Dame 71, No. 1 UCLA 70, at South Bend, Ind., Jan. 19, 1974

No. 1 UCLA 84, No. 2 N.C. State 66, at St. Louis, Dec. 15, 1973

No. 2 UCLA 101, No. 1 Houston 69, NCAA semifinals at Los Angeles, March 22, 1968

No. 2 Houston 71, No. 1 UCLA 69, at Houston, Jan. 20, 1968

No. 1 Kentucky 83, No. 2 Duke 79, NCAA semifinals at College Park, Md., March 18, 1966

No. 2 UCLA 91, No. 1 Michigan 80, NCAA championship at Portland, Ore., March 20, 1965

No. 2 Michigan 87, No. 1 Wichita State 85, at Detroit, Dec. 14, 1964

No. 2 Cincinnati 71, No. 1 Ohio State 59, NCAA championship at Louisville, Ky., March 24, 1962

No. 2 Cincinnati 70, No. 1 Ohio State 65, OT, NCAA championship at Kansas City, Mo., March 25, 1961

No. 2 California 77, No. 1 Cincinnati 69, NCAA semifinals at San Francisco, March 18, 1960

No. 1 North Carolina 54, No. 2 Kansas 53, NCAA championship at Kansas City, Mo., March 23, 1957

No. 1 Kentucky 70, No. 2 Utah 65, at Lexington, Ky., Dec. 21, 1954

No. 1 Kentucky 81, No. 2 St. John’s 40, at Lexington, Ky., Dec. 17, 1951

No. 1 Kentucky 46, No. 2 Oklahoma A&M 36, NCAA championship at Seattle, March 26, 1949

Rustin Dodd: 816-234-4937, @rustindodd

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